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Health at a Glance 2023

OECD Indicators

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Health at a Glance provides a comprehensive set of indicators on population health and health system performance across OECD members and key emerging economies. These cover health status, risk factors for health, access to and quality of healthcare, and health system resources. Analysis draws from the latest comparable official national statistics and other sources.

Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, an overview chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries and major trends. This edition also has a special focus on digital health, which measures the digital readiness of OECD countries’ health systems, and outlines what countries need to do accelerate the digital health transformation.

English Also available in: French

End-of-life care

End-of-life care refers to the care provided to people who are near the end of life. It involves all the services providing physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to the dying person, including management of pain and mental distress. Emotional support and bereavement care for the dying person’s family are also part of end-of-life care. Because of population ageing and an associated increase in prevalence of chronic conditions across OECD countries, the number of people in need of end-of-life care is growing and expected to reach 10 million people by 2050, up from 7 million in 2019. However, fewer than half of those who need end-of-life care are currently receiving it, meaning that many people die without adequate care (OECD, 2023[1]). Measuring the quality of end-of-life care is not straightforward, but exploring where people die and what type of care they receive in their last months of life are considered good proxies.

English Also available in: French

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